Unique Wedding Experience for Future Brides This April

Posted on March 23, 2023 By

Divine Elegance by Deirdre invites future brides, their family, and friends to a unique wedding experience at The Bradford Estate, 1910 Marne Highway, Hainesport, New Jersey, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., to enjoy planning a wedding.

The Divine Elegance Wedding Experience is a one-day gathering of invited-only premier wedding and event professionals. This showcase event covers intimate weddings to the grandest occasions. The event also brings together vendors who specialize in hand-pressed invitations, floral designs, live music entertainment, a Designer Wedding Gown Runway, gifts, and two chances to win a seven-night Dream Getaway from more than 3000 resorts, and more.

The Divine Elegance Wedding Experience bridal merchants include Soundefxdjs Entertainment; The Mobile Cigar Lounge; Platinum House of Sweets; First Class Limousine Services; Kenny I Entertainment; Cupa Cabana, an expresso and coffee caterer; Custom Travel Services; Makeup Phase Artistry; Floral designer Alisha Simone, who will adorn the bridal runway with bouquets and tablescape displays; the latest trends in bridal fashions by Angel Bridal of Haddonfield; Creative Hair Artistry created by Vibe Salon; and Gourmet Culinary Creations with signature cocktails and the white glove service provided by the executive chef of The Bradford Estate and Divine Elegance. Media sponsors are NJWedding.com and Contemporary Weddings Magazine.

Special guest Miss Pennsylvania American Scholar Brianne Remy* will model designer gowns from Angel Bridal of Haddonfield and the grand finale gown. Enjoy a special guest performances, featuring Kenny I Entertainment and the Soundefxdjs Entertainment company, whose purpose is to create a luxurious atmosphere.

Divine Elegance Wedding Experience is complementary for future BRIDES and $10 each for guests. Register at Must Be Present to Win at https://divineweddingexp.eventbrite.com
For more information, visit www.elegancebydeirdre.com or call 732-657-4911. For vendor space, call 732-657-4911.

* Brianne Remy is the Miss Pennsylvania American Scholar. Her organization works directly with the nonprofit BRAVE (Be Respectful And Value Everyone), keying in on national bullying and prevention, a daily concern. Remy is passionate about the health of every community and strives to be a positive role model. She works with local shelters, and supports school and college readiness programs. The national pageant will be in Texas this July. Remy said, “I’m honored to be representing our community on a national stage and can’t wait to see what the coming months bring.”

About Divine Elegance Wedding Experience: Divine Elegance Wedding Experience is produced by one of New Jersey’s premier wedding and special event planner, Deirdre Luster, CEO and Creative Director of Divine Elegance by Deirdre Weddings and Events. Luster, along with her team of luxury weddings and event specialists, are dedicated to creating breath-taking moments from lavish weddings in South Beach Miami, Los Angeles, California, and The Hamptons to a White Party for Christie Brinkley and a Luxury Showcase, featuring Celebrity Event & Wedding Designer Preston Bailey. Divine Elegance by Deirdre’s continued success is based on devotion to clients, their vision, their needs, and making their dreams come true with close attention to detail to create a memorable event. For more information, visit www.elegancebydeirdre.com.

About the Bradford Estate: The Bradford Estate offers the exclusivity of one wedding at a time for a private experience. It also boasts an intimate outdoor ceremony space with a flowing fountain, gazebo, and pergolas for the wedding entrance, which is surrounded by lush gardens. Inside are Italian chandeliers, classic artwork, and a large inviting dance floor that provide a simple elegance to a once in a lifetime event! The estate also offers two unique suites, a bride and groom suite for the wedding party and a truly one-of-a-kind game room. The Bradford Estate is truly South Jersey’s gem and best kept secret!


Strand Theater Is Seeking Theater Manager

Posted on March 20, 2023 By

The board of the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is seeking to fill the position of Theater Manager at $40,000 a year. The schedule for this position is Monday to Friday with availability on weekends.

Among other responsibilities, the Theater Manager will work in partnership with the Artistic Director; manage all aspects of the Strand’s business and administrative operations; and work with the Strand Board to create, execute, and assess strategies and action plans to support the growth of the theater.

Anyone interested in applying for this position, should submit a resume to Amy Freeman, Strand Board president, at amy@strand.org. For more information or questions, leave a message at 732-367-7789, the Strand Theater.

About the Strand Theater: The historic Strand Theater, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit at 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 80 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.


Cong. B’nai Israel to Hold Community Seder

Posted on March 20, 2023 By

No One Should Be Alone on Passover

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, is holding a community Seder, Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. for all CBI members, their family and friends.

The Community Seder includes a lot of fun ways for attendees of all ages to learn and participate, such as song parodies, interactive discussions, and plague excitement, among other Passover entertainment.

The member cost is $36.00; the nonmember fee is $45.00. If the cost is a hardship, please contact Michele Pardes at president@cbitr.org.


Learn about the Current Situation in Israel

Posted on March 16, 2023 By

Rabbi William Gershon, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, is holding a Zoom class Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the recent developments in Israel.

Rabbi Gershon will explain the judicial crisis and protests, the arguments put forth by both the right and the left, and the key issues within the context of Israel’s history in the present social and political consciousness of Israelis during this moment of crisis and awakening.

He will also share what some of the possible outcomes might be; their implications; and, most importantly, how American Jews can deal with the crisis.

For the Zoom link or for more information, contact the CBI office at (732) 349-1244.


Lakewood Twp Announces Acting Positions

Posted on March 15, 2023 By

Lakewood Township Committee has announced the acting positions in the Code Enforcement and Inspections offices.
Jeremy Kuipers – Acting Construction Official
Janelle Witham – Acting Department Head
Terry Guadlip – Acting Building Subcode Official

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles and the entire Township Committee wish these officials much success.

For more information, contact the Lakewood Township Manager’s office at managersoffice@lakewoodnj.gov or call 732-364-2500.


Broadway Comes to Congregation B’nai Israel

Posted on March 15, 2023 By

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, is hosting, “Bimah to Broadway,” Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. This Spring concert, open to the public, will feature Broadway show tunes with Jewish roots in special performances by cantors, congregants, and students.

Among the songs selected are “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” from “Annie Get Your Gun,” written by Irving Berlin; and “Suddenly Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman.

CBI’s Cantor Jake Greenberg will perform tunes from shows written or composed by Jewish musicians and librettists, along with guest cantors Daniella Risman of the Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, Conn.; and Mira Davis of the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City, acclaimed performers with numerous appearances at synagogues and Jewish organizations throughout North America. They will be joined by Cantor Daniel Green and Cantor Ruth Katz Green, as well as members of the synagogue and students.

The annual event will benefit the Cantor Daniel Green Ramah-Youth Scholarship Fund, which assists CBI’s children and teens in pursuing summer Jewish experiences, such as camps.

Tickets are $18 for adults and free for children up to age 18. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the CBI office at (732) 349-1244.


LIC Approves All Chem Solar Project

Posted on March 14, 2023 By

The Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC) recently approved a lease amendment authorizing the development of a large solar energy project proposed by All Chemical Transport Corporation (All Chem) at its parking facility, 2000 Swarthmore, Lakewood, N.J. All Chem is a highly regulated DOT (Department of Transportation) trucking company. The solar project will provide power for All Chem, neighboring facilities, charging stations, and heavy-duty trucks. Approximately 5,000 panels will be installed with a targeted completion date of about a year to 18 months from now. IPPsolar is the solar developer sponsoring the project.

At the Park and Ride, adjacent to 2000 Swarthmore, electric vehicle charging will also be installed by IPPsolar. “We are honored to be constructing three renewable energy projects in the Lakewood Industrial Park,” said business development executive Chad Hazelton. “This business park embodies best practices and continues to evolve at an impressive pace.”

Additionally, construction of an All Chem solar array at 1975 Rutgers Avenue should be completed by this July. This project will be used to power much of the existing electrical load on the property. Roughly 500 panels will be installed using 40 ft. IPP Sun Boxes. An IPP Sun Box is a new solar application that avoids traditional roof install and ground mount challenges. IPP Sun Boxes, in 20ft. or 40ft. sizes, are a free-standing solar power enclosures that can also be used for various purposes such as an office, storage shed, plant nursery, or workshop.

According to Hazelton, “All Chem owner Steve Quadrel and COO Anthony Coruccini are transport leaders who possess a forward-looking vision that includes the early adoption of renewable technologies.”

“Installing solar will help All Chem better manage costs as we begin to electrify parts of our fleet.” said Coruccini.

Steve Reinman, executive director of the LIC, is confident that the energy supplied by the arrays at, and adjacent to 2000 Swarthmore will also benefit Lakewood Industrial Park transportation-focused vehicles as well as the chargers for cars at the adjacent Park-and-Ride.

About All Chemical: All Chemical manages every aspect of liquid bulk transportation. Whether transporting chemicals in its tankers or customer’s ISO containers, All Chemical can manage the process from start to finish, from loading and delivery to storage, washing, and service. All Chemical is currently recruiting experienced drivers. If you have at least three years of Class A experience, please inquire at www.allchemical.com

About IPPSolar: IPPSolar develops, builds, owns, and operates solar and energy storage systems at commercial and industrial properties. Since 2008, IPP has installed more than 70 systems in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. IPPSolar is 100 percent employee owned with offices in New York and New Jersey. Visit www.IPPsolar.com for more information.


Exhibitor Space Available for 2023 Biz Expo Hosted by Jersey Shore Chamber on April 25

Posted on March 9, 2023 By

Six-foot exhibitor tables with a cloth are still available at a member rate of $249 at 2023 BizExpo sponsored by The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC), Wall Township, Tuesday, April 25, at the Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, NJ 07753 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited, free of charge, to see more than 70 exhibitors, enjoy free tasting samples from member restaurants, and win prizes from free raffles. Taste of the Jersey Shore give away includes gift certificates to local restaurants, wine, and more. The Grand Prize, sponsored by Corinne Trainor of Fox Rothschild, is a 55” T.V.

The non-member rate of $399 for exhibiting includes membership in JSCC for 2023.
Sponsorships for $499.00 are available and include prime exhibitor space with an 8-foot cloth-covered exhibit table; social media exposure; company logo displayed on the Expo tote bag; recognition on display advertising, press, news articles, the Chamber website (www.jsccnj.com); and on a flyer emailed to more than 2300 businesses, community leaders, and chamber members. Also included are e-blasts announcing the event to more than 2300 contacts; an introduction at the event; a list of fellow exhibitors for post-marketing use; and an opportunity to choose a give-away door prize.

Sponsors to-date, who will also receive a list of all attendees, are Manasquan Bank, Above and Beyond – Business Tools and Services for Entrepreneurs; Black Swallowtail Studios; Jennifer Ortiz State Farm Agency; Monmouth Integrative Counseling Services, LLC; The Rugby School at Woodfield; Valerie Barba, DDS, LLC; and Cowleys Pest Services. The Grand Prize sponsor is Corinne McCann Trainor of Fox Rothschild.

Visit www.jsccnj.com to register and pay online; or mail payment to Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1305, Wall, NJ 07719-1305. For more information, sponsorships, and table reservations, call Cassie Caulfield, operations manager of JSCC, at 732-280-8800 or email info@jsccnj.com.


Photography Workshop at Strand Theater Gallery

Posted on March 8, 2023 By

The Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is calling all foodies and shutterbugs to the first of many community art events in the Gallery. Bring your camera to a hands-on workshop Saturday, April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Strand Theater’s Gallery for a “Food Photography Workshop with Andrei Jackamets,” a commercial photographer.

To begin developing one’s own signature photographic style, Jackamets, the owner of Andrei Jackamets Photography, will lead attendees through camera settings, lighting, and composition with an emphasis on texture, color, props, and light modifiers. The Photo Center of Brick and Camera Culture of Red Bank will also be present to advise on cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment.

Attendees will especially learn the essentials and tools for food styling with Gigi Alterio, the director Of Culinary Arts and Concepts at Creative Marketing Services. Alterio is the food stylist for commercials, advertising, and package design. She is also skilled in culinary concepts for new product development, line extensions, menu trend applications, recipe development for cookbooks, advertising, commercials, product packaging, recipe development, editoral application, development of product label directions, product specifications, and nutritional data.

Kendall Szpakowski, pastry chef and owner of Keke N Ko will also bring her unique confectionary creations to be photographed.

Tickets are $30.00. Purchase tickets at www.strand.org. For more information, contact Andrei Jackamets at 732-213-4040.

About Andrei Jackamets Photography: Andrei Jackamets has experience in the pharmaceutical, hospitality and advertising industries, both nationally and internationally, ranging from executive portraits, editorials, and corporate events to product photography. He and his work have been featured on the entertainment (reality programs), such as Chef Roble & Company, Fashion Hunters, Top Chef, Tabatha Takes Over, Real Housewives of New Jersey & New York, and Ghost Hunters.

Jackamets photography has been featured on eonline.com; people.com; usmagazine.com; huffingtonpost.com; nydailynews.com; nypost.com; travelweekly.com; bergen.com; and in Industry Magazine, INTIMA, New Jersey Magazine, People, and Us.


Join the Purim Extravaganza at Congregation B’nai Israel

Posted on March 4, 2023 By

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, is hosting a Purim Extravaganza Monday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m., an evening of fun for all ages and free for everyone, with a Shushan Café featuring snacks, Hamantaschen, refreshments, and Mordechai’s Frozen Bar.

From 6:00 to 6:50 p.m. enjoy the Megillah reading and a costume parade. Activities for all ages will take place from 6:50 to 8:00 p.m. Adults only can gather in Esther’s Hangout from 6:50 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the CBI office at (732) 349-1244.